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Metropolitan Council consults FMR's youth council for 2050 plan
The Environmental Stewardship Institute's Youth Council presented to the Met Council their findings on park access and connection, habitat conservation and community gardens. Hear their recommendations. Read more
ESI group in front of infographic posters
After another big invasive carp discovery, will the DNR finally act on a barrier?
Large numbers of invasive carp were found congregating at Lock and Dam 5 for the second time since March. Read more
A hand holds an invasive silver carp out of the water.
FMR's Laura Mann Hill featured in 'SciGirls River Rescuers' episode
Catch FMR Stewardship & Education Program Director Laura Mann Hill in the latest "SciGirls" series. Read more
Four young people look at a watershed model with Laura
How FMR's priorities for the Mississippi River fared this session
FMR made progress on every single one of its priorities this legislative session. Here's a roundup of everything that happened. Read more
A collage showing parts of five different photos, all from this legislative session: Two FMR staffers posing with fish postcards in the Capitol; an FMR staffer testifying at a May 1 hearing; A state senator posing with children following a hearing; legislators on a tour at the Forever Green Initiative facilities; printed papers with the FMR logo, shown with the Capitol building in the background.
In a first, Legislature includes all Clean Water Fund recommendations in budget
The council's recommendations include funding for one of FMR's top legislative priorities. Read more
Minnesota lake surrounded by trees
12 other wins for the Mississippi River from this legislative session
While FMR wasn't leading on these efforts, we were quite happy to see them come out of the Capitol this session. Read more
High river waters in the foreground, flooding a wooded shoreline.
A win for the great outdoors: Voters will get to rededicate lottery funds to the environment
Lottery funds for the Great Outdoors will be back on the ballot — though without some sought-after new revenue. Read more
Loon plus text: "#MNLEG Final Update"
Diverse new work group sets stage for cleaner transportation in MN
A Clean Transportation Standard would be a big victory for the climate and a real boon for the Mississippi River. Read more
An electric car with its charging port open and a charging cord inserted.
Invasive carp barrier: A strong starting point, but Minnesota needs more — and soon
Invasive carp are on the doorstep of Lake Pepin, the St. Croix River watershed, the Minnesota River watershed and other waterways. Legislature funding gets us moving in the right direction on protection. Read more
FMR staff testifies at Legislature on invasive carp + text: "#MNLEG Final Update"
FMR pollinator research and habitat projects receive state funds
The Minnesota Legislature passed bills that include five FMR restoration and enhancement projects and our three-year research project on best practices for pollinator habitat management. Read more
Native plants and bee + text "#MNLEG Final Update"

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